First the goals part:
I have been chipping away at both my monthly goals and my annual goals a little at a time. I have found that the best way to knock off these goals is to have one goal to reach per day. I mean, I don't even work so how hard can it be to accomplish ONE thing each day? So I make up my little list and march forward. Today will be a volksmarch in Boulder City, tomorrow will be rollerskating, the day after will be a volksmarch in Green Valley, Wednesday will be ice skating, Thursday will be a North Strip volksmarch, Friday will be a South Strip volksmarch, and Saturday will be the genealogy club meeting. That will knock two more goals off my annual list and give me 100k of 500k in volksmarch mileage. I have also applied to work at the WSOP ("work at the World Series of Poker event" is on my annual goal list both for the experience and to make some money for our fall travel but I realized that this may not be such a great goal because I can't work there if no one will hire me so for now I am crossing my fingers that I get hired!).
And the gossip part:
My sister called and told me her daughter is going to have a baby. I am a bit torn in my happiness over this. I am happy that my niece isn't a teenager, she is in her mid 20s so that is a good thing. I am not so happy because she doesn't have a job, her new boyfriend is "underemployed" as my sister puts it (never mind that my niece asked me to borrow money to pay her bills a couple of months ago because her boyfriend blew their bill money on who knows what), and most of her Facebook posts document how much alcohol she consumes and how many parties she attends :( So for now I will try to be happy for her and the baby and hope for the best. But after working in social services with this exact scenario popping up time and time again, it just makes me cringe a bit. Maybe a baby will make her grow up and be more responsible. One can only hope...